John 6:63

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, they are life.

It has been said many times throughout the past 20 years, “Tiger Woods doesn’t just move the needle, he is the needle.” The proverbial “needle” is not only interest in the PGA Tour, but interest in the game of golf as a whole. Golf suffered a serious blow when Tiger Woods was sidelined due to numerous serious physical and personal issues. The appointed next torch bearers of the game Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were not able to generate the same excitement while Tiger was on the disabled list. Tiger returned to form during the Masters final round yesterday. Not only did we see his clutch shotmaking en route to a historic victory, but we saw the collapse of the other contenders when they heard the “Tiger Roars” echoing the back nine. The Holy Spirit is the needle to the life of a Christian. If it is not actively present, the Christian is spiritually dead. No one is more powerful than a person who is led by the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit. Families are forever changed and the courses of businesses and governments are altered when God is allowed to direct their paths. Our society has the mistaken belief it is self-sufficient because of physical strength and advanced degrees. The scripture warns us about the weakness of the flesh many times over. There is no profit from the works performed by the flesh alone. Any perceived successes and victories without the Holy Spirit are only temporary and often short lived. The Spirit not only gives us life, but an abundant life. We may not have the biggest houses or fanciest cars, but we enjoy an internal peace, contentment, and direction in every facet of our lives. Go and share this week the “needle” of your life and how you keep smiling in the midst of adversity!

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